Welcome to Aton Forest

Aton Forest, Inc. was formed to preserve the lands assembled by Dr. Frank E. Egler as a Research Natural Area and to continue the low impact, long-term ecological research that he pioneered. The organization also maintains an archive of Dr. Egler ’s written material and library, and curates a portion of his house and furnishings as an informal museum. The aim is to preserve and continue the physical and intellectual legacy of our founder.

Two Aton Forest Workshops Offered

led by Bill Moorhead

Distinguishing Invasive Plants and Native Look-A-Likes in Late Winter and Early Spring

Thusday, March 30th


Willows Demystified

Tuesday, May 23rd

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Do you know these plants?
Answers on workshop page

AF Winter Bird Count
Saturday, Dec. 31st


A total of 25 species were seen and 204+ individuals

Best bird of the day: Northern Shrike
Most birds of a species seen: 32 Red-breasted Nuthatches
Most birds of a species seen at one location: 17 Mourning Doves
Most common birds seen: Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch and Blue Jay, seen at 6 out of 8 locations visited
Nocturnal survey: 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl, 3 Barred Owls, 1 Great Horned Owl (3 locations)
To view the complete species list navigate to "Plants & Wildlife"

Time: 4:30 am to 4:00 pm. Four parties participated throughout the day. Thanks everybody!

Aton Forest 2016 Year End Appeal

Without you’re ongoing financial commitment, AF would not be as effective in protecting and preserving Dr. Egler’s legacy. Please make the most generous gift you can.
Connecticut Winter Shrub Identification Laboratory
Thursday, January 19, 2017
A workshop led by Bill Moorhead
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Workshop Full - look for our next program

Thursday, August 11th
Unmistaken Identity: 
Distinguishing Invasive Plants from Native Look-A-Likes in Summer
Led by Bill Moorhead
River Walk Pavilion, Washington CT
go to our Workshops Page
Summer Wildflowers and Ferns Workshop
Saturday, August 6th
9 am -12 pm
Location: Aton Forest Headquarters
Or meet in Norfolk center, Station Place at 8:30 am
check the Workshops page

See a preview of next year's activities:

Read our new 2015 Accomplishments in Aton Forest News

                                 Photo by Patrick Comins 2015